There are a lot of opinions about which pigments to buy and why. And, yes, I hold some strong opinions on the subject.  Because of some conversations over the last month I have decided it is time to share with you (again, for some) why I choose the pigments I do — and a little of the back story of how I have arrived at these 20 pigments. I hope it will help you as you decide what to include on your palette.

Caroline by Joanne Davis with apologies to Picasso. “You know how Caroline gets in to her work.
I never posted the 26 painting show of my Orcas work over the year that was held for the month of April at the new Orcas Library.  But DID get the show hung, had a nice reception, and sold quite a few.
Marcia Spees, who has studied with […]

I have an active group of on-line students in the Getting Started class who are wrestling with wet-on-wet. Sometimes it seems to me the problem isn’t about technique, it is mental.

Gaining “control” by allowing things to happen.

Learning to appreciate what the paint does instead of trying to make an object.

It is all right to go through lots of good watercolor paper and lots of good pigment to learn what happens when the paper is wet or not, what happens when there is more or less water on your brush and what happens when there is more or less paint on your brush along with that amount of water on your brush and that amount of water on the paper.

You and the paper and paint become compatriots in telling your story.

I am going to share some of my students’ paintings in order for you to let go of coloring things and learn how to become a collegue of wet on wet.

boysfishingThe wind is blowing outside. On the East Coast  snow is piling up. What are you painting?

You can paint for fun,  from memory, from your sketches, from a still life.

Or from photos. Do you? How do you ….? Here are some guidelines. Then, let’s go paint!


At this busy time of year, we also take time for reflection. My question for you is for you to reflect on  what kind of artist you are or wish to be.

Most say they want to paint looser. They want to understand color better, become a better colorist. But WHAT is it that you represent when you paint?

I want you to think about whether or not you are a regional artist and by that, what do I mean?

Laura's matrix

This is a photo of the matrix mentioned in October’s Technique Corner. I just posted it with the text. It is one way of learning more about your colors.  This month we will continue to explore matrix glazing to help you visualize layering color with glazes.